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You don’t always have to travel across the sea to have the vacation you’ve been dreaming of; sometimes, the perfect vacation destination may be your own country. Australia is a vast country with much to do and explore, a cross country trip can become the staycation of a lifetime! 

Travelling requires a lot of preparation, even if you're going to be travelling within Australia. When you have a person of all abilities under your care, you’ll need to be more meticulous with your planning to make sure the trip is enjoyable for them.

A staycation will be an excellent experience for the person under your care. It will allow them to learn more about their country and experience new things. With this in mind, you’ll want to make sure everything goes smoothly.

Here are some staycation tips for people of all abilities in Australia to help you make your trips enjoyable and memorable for you and the person under your care.

Visit your doctor

First and foremost, you must take the person under your care to their doctor for a check-up. Travelling can be taxing for some people of all abilities, so it’s important to get a doctor's insight before going on your trip.

During the check-up, make sure that you divulge all the information about the trip, such as which places you’ll be visiting, the mode of transportation you’ll be using and how long the trip will take.

Make sure to stock up on any medication that the doctor recommends for the person under your care and make notes of all health-related advice they give to the person under your care.

You’ll need to be in your best shape for the trip too to support the person under your care, so go for a doctor’s appointment of your own too.

If the doctor advises the person under your care not to travel, it’s best to cancel the trip. No vacation is worth risking the health of the person under your care.

Do a lot of research

As any traveller would, it’s important to do as much research as you can before you go on your trip. This is especially the case when you’re travelling with a person of all abilities.

It’s not just must-visit tourist destinations that you should research; you’ll also need to check if these places are accessible for people of all abilities and what healthcare services are available in the area.

Check and see which tourist attractions are wheelchair accessible; if the person under your care uses one, research a few hotels that are accessible for people of all abilities. The degree of accessibility may vary between these locations, so choose the ones you feel are the most suitable for the person under your care.

Always book hotels in advance as the number of accessible rooms they have may be limited.

Some historic locations may not be fully accessible for people of all abilities. These places may have uneven paths, steep steps, and dirt roads, making it difficult to maneuver a wheelchair, so it would be wise to avoid them.

As a precaution, get travel insurance for the person under your care, as the Australian government won’t cover medical bills if something goes wrong. Make sure to check what the insurance covers.

Once you and the person under your care have arrived at the destination, you’ll want to have your travels within your staycation spot planned out. 

As part of your research, find out in advance what kinds of accessible transport options are available in the area. Alternatively, you could look for tour groups that cater to people of all abilities and their caregivers.

Plan your domestic flight

If you’re planning on reaching your staycation destination by air, make sure to contact the airline of your choice. Even on domestic routes, airlines are required to accommodate the needs of the person under your care.

Check if the airline has any restrictions for wheelchairs. Some airlines may only allow two wheelchairs per domestic flight, so it’s important to book tickets for you and the person under your care as early as possible.

Also, remember to ask the airline if they will be embarking and disembarking passengers via an aerobridge. If they don’t, you may need to have a hydraulic lift arranged if the person under your care uses a wheelchair. This may cost an additional fee.

For convenience, try to book a flight that will take you directly to your destination to save you and the person under your care the hassle of hurrying between gates and boarding and disembarking flights multiple times.

Look into airport programmes

Airports, like many public places, are noisy and brimming with constant activity. Some people of all abilities may find this very uncomfortable, and it could cause them to feel anxious and stressed.

Fortunately, many airports in Australia now offer special programmes such as Hidden Disability to overcome this. These programmes can provide extra support for the person under your care during their time at the airport.

To help the person under your care feel more comfortable, consider getting them noise-cancelling headphones or a sensory fidget toy to help keep them calm during the trip.

Find travel support for people of all abilities in Australia

Planning a trip for the person under your care can be challenging if you haven’t done so before. This is where all abilities support programme providers can help.

Many all abilities support providers offer services that include holidays and camps .These services give all the support the person under your care needs to enjoy a trip with their peers.

Speak to your nearest all abilities support provider today.

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